Blueberry & lemon pancakes

Blueberry & lemon pancakes

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 14-16

Get kids to help prepare a batch of American-style pancakes. The zesty-berry topping makes these a healthy brunch option

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per pancake (14)

  • kcal69
  • fat1g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g


  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 75g blueberry



    Blueberries are one of the few edibles native to North America and credited with being…

  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 200ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 1 large egg
  • butter, for cooking



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. First, put the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda in the bowl. Mix them well with the fork. Drop the golden syrup into the dry ingredients along with the blueberries and lemon zest.

  2. Pour the milk into a measuring jug. Now break in the egg and mix well with a fork. Pour most of the milk mixture into the bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula. Keep adding more milk until you get a smooth, thick, pouring batter.

  3. Heat the frying pan and brush with a little butter. Then spoon in the batter, 1 tbsp at a time, in heaps. Bubbles will appear on top as the pancakes cook – turn them at this stage, using the metal spatula to help you. Cook until brown on the second side, then keep warm on a plate, covered with foil. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.

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9th May, 2020
This recipe makes THE flufiest pancakes with a crust! I didn't have any golden syrup so used some maple syrup instead. I also couldn't taste lemon in them. Could it have something to do with the fact that I just mixed the lemon zest with the dry ingredients without working it in? I don't know. Maybe I'll add some lemon juice to the batter next time I'm making these - especially since the batter was a little thick this time. Regardless, the pancakes were good!
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8th Mar, 2015
Absolutely delicious, the measures were perfect for a late weekend breakfast for 2. They were surprisingly really light and a drizzle of honey completed the yumminess!
11th Feb, 2014
Absolutely delish !! Easy to make great results, did add a little more lemon zest and a little of the juice perfect a firm favourite for Sunday breakfast !! As an alternative we have also tried chopped apple and cinnamon with equally good results.
25th Jan, 2014
Very easy to make and only needed a minute to cook. I used honey instead of syrup, and added extra blueberries (which helps to flavour the pancakes a little more). I like the fact that they're not too sweet. Excellent with greek yoghurt, fresh blueberries and honey. Cons: I couldn't taste the lemon at all - maybe next time I'll zest two, or squeeze some juice on top. And I found I needed about 25-50ml extra milk to get the right consistency.
26th Apr, 2013
These were very easy to make,very similar to a savoury version (minus the fruit) that I use instead of yorkshire puddings.i didn't have any golden syrup so I used honey instead and I don't think this made a difference besides being a tiny bit healthier.i found them a little bit bland until I drizzled a minute amount of honey over each one and I found that this was enough to satisfy the sweet craving without reaching for the chocolate!very handy to be able to freeze for another day as a mid morning snack.
5th Mar, 2019
Could I swap the lemon zest for orange zest?
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7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes you can! If you tried it on Pancake Day, let us know what you thought.
21st Dec, 2013
If you're making without blueberries and want them to be sweet, mix 2.5 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup or a mixture of the two into the batter.
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